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from Biography & Historical Record of Ringgold County, Iowa

Lewis Publishing Company of Chicago, 1887, p. 275


R[obert] REYNARD, farmer, section 8, Benton Township, is a native of Jefferson County, Ohio, born April 18, 1818. His father, Marmaduke REYNARD, was a native of England, and came to Ohio in 1816. His mother was Mary (SHAW) REYNARD, also a native of England. They were married in their native country, and brought six children with them to America. They were the parents of eleven children, seven sons and fourh daughters - John, Mary, William, Marmaduke and Jane were born in England; Ann, Robert, Hannah, Thomas and Joseph were born in America. The oldest child, name Robert, was born in England, and died in Pennsylvania.

Our subject passed his early life in assisting on the farm, and his education was obtained in the common schools of Jefferson County. He was married March 3, 1842, to Miss Jane VAIL, a native of Pennsylvania, and daughter of Elisha and Martha (KIRKE) VAIL. To this union were born six children, five of whom are living - Marmaduke, Martha Jane, William E., Thomas B., Nathan H. and James. The deceased is Ruth Anna. Mrs. REYNARD died in 1855, and September 21, 1858, Mr. REYNARD was married to Mrs. Priscilla BARTHOLOMEW, whose maiden name was PEOPLES. She was a daughter of Reese and Nancy (KIMBERLAND) PEOPLES, and was a widow with two children - Josephine and Edward E. To this second union have been born nine children, five living - Mary, Fremont, Joseph S., Frank R. and John P.

Mr. REYNARD and family resided in Ohio until 1877, then came to Ringgold County, and located upon his present farm in Benton Township.

His farm contains 160 acres of land, in a good state of cultivation and well improved. He has a well-furnished cottage, out-buildings for stock, orchard and small fruits. He is a worthy and consistent member of the Protestant Methodist church, and politically is a Republican. He has given his children excellent educational advantages, and two of them, Mary and Frank, are fitted for teachers. Joseph is a law student, and will make the law his profession. Since coming to this county Mr. REYNARD has, by honest dealing, secured the confidence and respect of all who know him, and his word is considered as good as his bond. Postoffice, Maloy.

NOTE: Robert REYNARD died in 1899 with interment at Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa. Joseph S. REYNARD was born in 1862, and died in 1932 with interment at Redding Cemetery, Ringgold County, Iowa. Dr. John P. REYNARD was born in 1869, and died at the age of 52 in 1921 with interment at Maple Hill Cemetery, Osceola, Clarke County, Iowa. Kate B. REYNARD was born June 1, 1882, and died August 12, 1882 with interment at Platte River Cemetery near Maloy, Ringgold County, Iowa.


Robert REYNARD came to Ringgold County in 1877 from Ohio and settled in Benton Township. He was born April 18, 1818. His father, Marmaduke REYNARD, was a native of England and came to Ohio in 1816. His mother, Mary (SHAW) REYNARD, was also a native of England. They were born in England and brought six of their children with them to America. They were the parents of eleven children, seven sons and four daughters.

Robert REYNARD passed his early life on the farm and his education was obtained in the common schools of Ohio. He was married March 3, 1842 to Jane VAIL. To this union were born six children.

His wife died in 1855 and September 21, 1858, he was married to Priscilla BARTHOLOMEW. To this secon union were born nine children. With the two children of his wife from a former marriage, they had seventeen children.

His Benton farm contained 160 acres. They were worthy members of the Methodist Church.

Mary and Frank were school teachers of Ringgold County. Later Joe REYNARD and his brother Frank were lawyers in Mount Ayr for years and Frank REYNARD was county attorney many terms. He married Helen FRESHWATER on May 9, 1894, and they have four living children: Edna married Floyd HARDY and has one adopted child, Phyllis Maxine; John married Retha KNITTLE and they have two children, Betty Ann and Marilyn K.; Loren married Maud McCLARY and has one son, Philip; Paul REYNARD is not married.

Of the Robert REYNARD family only one daughter, Mary is living [1937]. Frank REYNARD died in 1927 and Joe died a few years later. Mary SARGENT lives at Fort Morgan, Colorado, and not much is known of her and her family.

Biography & Historical Record of Ringgold County, Iowa, p. 275, 1887.

WPA Graves Survey

LESAN, Mrs. B. M. Early History of Ringgold County: 1844 - 1937 p. 181. Blair Pub. House. Lamoni IA. 1937.

Transcription and note by Sharon R. Becker, January of 2009; updated June of 2010

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